“Suddenly Last Summer”

DOCTOR:
You say that your niece suppers from Dementia Praecox. There must have been a more exact diagnosis.

MRS. VENABLE
Such a pretty name for a disease. Sounds like a rare flower, doesn’t it? Night-blooming dementia praecox.

DOCTOR:
What form does her disturbance take?

MRS. VENABLE
Madness. Obsession, memory. She lacerates herself with memory.

From Gore Vidal’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ one-act play.

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